Solar furnace

A solar furnace uses the rays of the sun to produce incredibly high temperatures. The heat can then be used to create electricity, melt steel, or produce hydrogen fuel. The sizes of solar furnaces vary, as do their specific designs.

Generally, the way a solar furnace works is by focusing light with reflective surfaces. The sun shines down onto a large, curved mirror or an array of mirrors. The light is then concentrated into a single focal point where an immense amount of heat is generated.

On a small scale, solar furnace concepts are used to power parabolic solar cookers. The basic concept provides a simple yet effective way of heating food. It is also possible to purchase a small solar furnace for scientific education. They allow you to demonstrate the power of the sun in a safe and easy fashion.